Event Calendar

Networking. Growing. Learning. Helping Animals.

A list of ongoing conferences and events that might be of interest to those managing social media for shelters or rescues. If your budget doesn’t allow for you to attend, consider applying to be a speaker, as it often comes with complimentary registration!

Have an event that you’d like us to list? Just send us the key details via the contact form. If you’re looking for speakers, don’t forget to check out our page listing experts from around the country who are available for speaking engagements.

Petfinder’s Adoption Options workshops
Themes vary by workshop
Dates and Locations vary
Cost: Free


SAWA Management Conference
Theme: Variety of topics for animal welfare administrators
Date: June 14-16, 2017
Location: Long Beach, CA
Cost: TBD

Helen Woodward Animal Center: Business of Saving Lives 2017 3 day Workshop
Dates: June 18-30, 2017
Theme: Variety of topics for animal shelters and rescues
Location: Rancho Santa Fe, CA
Cost: Free

Best Friends Conference
Theme: Variety of topics for animal shelters and rescues
Date: July 13-15 2017
Location: Atlantic City, NJ
Cost: Early bird 3/1-6/1/2017 $275, group discount (3 or more) $247.50

American Pets Alive! Seventh Annual No Kill Conference
Theme: A variety of topics for animal shelters and rescues focused on building No Kill communities
Date: September 23-25, 2017
Location: Austin, TX
Cost: $200 before June 30, $250 thereafter.

National Animal Care & Control Association’s Training Conference 
Theme: Sessions are primarily for animal shelters and animal control officers
Date: October 18-20, 2017
Location: Virginia Beach, VA
Cost:  $300.00 non-member or $275.00 NACA Member.

Carolinas Unite
Theme: Variety of topics for animal shelters and rescues
Date: November 7-10, 2017
Location: Myrtle Beach, South Carolina
Cost: Early bird (before August 31) $210, Regular registration $250

SAWA Annual Conference
Theme: Variety of topics for animal welfare administrators
Date: November 12-14, 2017
Location: Miami, FL
Cost: TBD (not posted yet)
Submit to be a speaker!


Theme: Tech, Film, Music, Interactive
Date: March 9-18, 2018
Location: Austin TX
Cost: $495-$1550

Nonprofit Technology Conference
Theme: Nonprofit Tech.
Date: April 11-13, 2018
Location: New Orleans, Louisiana
Cost: Early bird; 11/1-12/15/2017 $599 member, $899 non-member
Regular:  12/16-2/28/2018 $699 member, $999 member
Also check out their year round events calendar here. Many of these events are free!

Texas Unites
Theme: Animal advocacy, marketing and sheltering
Date: April 28-30, 2018
Location: Austin, Texas
Cost: TBD

HSUS’ Animal Care Expo
Theme: Animal Sheltering and Rescues
Date: May 14-18, 2018
Location: Kansas City, MO
Cost: TBD, single day registration also available
Submit your speaking proposal here by July 10

2018 Conferences with dates not yet announced 

New England Federation of Humane Societies Conference

Virginia Federation of Humane Societies Annual Conference

Canadian Federation of Humane Societies National Conference

HSUS’ Taking Action for Animals Conference



Ongoing events, trainings and webinars are also available through:

Animal Sheltering
Maddie’s Fund Webcasts
Social Media 4 Nonprofits